Detroit Aircraft Receives FAA 333 Exemption


FAA Approves Detroit Aircraft Corp. to Utilize UAVs For First Responders,
Infrastructure/Agricultural Mapping and Inspections, and Training

Detroit, Mich., November 30, 2015 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Detroit Aircraft Corp. a Section 333 exemption to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for hire. Detroit to conduct infrastructure and property inspections, public safety (fire and police applications), flight training and demonstrations, and agricultural photography and mapping across the nation. The exemption, granted on November 5, 2015, runs through November 30, 2017.

“We wish to thank the FAA for granting the Section 333 exemption,” says Jon Rimanelli, founder and CEO of Detroit Aircraft Corp. “The exemption is significant in that it allows us to safely utilize and integrate UAV’s to meet the needs of our client base, including commercial property owners, public agencies, utilities, and many others.”

In granting the exemption, the FAA allows Detroit Aircraft to utilize the Lockheed Martin Indago VTOL Quad Rotor, DJI Inspire 1, and DJI Phantom 3 for an array of commercial/utility and infrastructure clients, first responders, farmers, and public agencies (fire and public  safety officials).

In 2014, Lockheed Martin, an American-based, global provider of aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies, named Detroit Aircraft as its U.S. manufacturer, distributor, and service provider for the Indago VTOL Quad Rotor Unmanned Aerial System. The Indago unparalleled for flight time boasts a 45 -50 minute flight duration.  This is critical within the applications for public safety as well as a major contributing factor for customers in the infrastructure markets to realize significant impact to their bottom line.
About Detroit Aircraft Corp.

Headquartered at the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit, Detroit Aircraft Corp. was incorporated in 1922 as Aircraft Development Corp. It was reformed in 2011 and today is focused on developing and supporting research, engineering, and manufacturing capacities necessary to accelerate the supply and implementation of remotely piloted aircraft and services. For more information about Detroit Aircraft or its products and services visit

Contact: Jon Rimanelli, CEO, Detroit Aircraft Corp., (cell or office line),